67World CupAye, Carli
Date / Jul 5, 2015
Location / BC Place | Vancouver, Canada
Moment / Within the first 16 minutes of the World Cup final against Japan, Carli Lloyd had done what only one other person had ever done before—score a hat trick in a World Cup final. She put in two goals from inside the box in the first five minutes of the game, then added one of the cheekiest goals in World Cup history just after the 15-minute mark. She spotted Japan’s goalkeeper too far off her line, and launched a half-field shot that went over the keeper’s head, giving the U.S. a 4-0 lead.
Impact / Her hat trick led the U.S. to a 5-2 victory, giving them the World Cup title for the first time in 16 years. Lloyd was named the 2015 FIFA Player of the Year and her half-field shot was named one of the ten best goals of the year by FIFA.